Only one session this past week, and most of that was not part of my main night photography project. My daughter had an art show of her own that I was helping with. She is a filmmaker, and along with a few peers they presented an evening of their work. It was a fantastic event and it was great to see all their talents come together.
I was asked to take some photos of the event because I was likely to be there the entire evening. This was a difficult assignment for me, I’m not an event photographer by any definition, and the venue was going to be really complicated. It was a dimly lit room to allow the projected films to be seen as people walked around. I had borrowed a flash, but I’ve not done any flash photography since college. All in all, I was unsure of the results and set expectations accordingly.
It is fun to challenge yourself once in a while with something completely different. Also, it helps stave or boredom or finding yourself in a stylistic rut. At the same time, however, it does help to practice, a lot, what you want to be good at, and being good at one thing in no way means you’d be good at something else. Part of the reason the great photographers were and are great is that they found a style or subject they were passionate about and honed their talents and techniques around that idea.
Anyway, the event went well, some of the flash shots worked out as I has spent some time in the days before messing around with the settings to keep it from being overpowering (and to keep it from being too annoying), and most important my daughter was happy and was grateful to have some photos from the event. Because if the space, I ended up processing everything in black and white. There was too many mixed light sources and I felt like black and white preserved the feel of the event better.
I did at one point go outside and take some photos of the building the event was in and a few shots of the room when it was dark and empty with just the streetlights coming in. So the session was not a totally outside my normal style and subject. I think that it’s useful to try and bend any situation for taking photos toward whatever your style is. It was simple enough to go outside for 10 minutes and shoot the “storefront” and some of the neighboring buildings like I would for any session.
As this is a holiday week in the US, I should be able to make opportunity for at least one session in the coming days. The temperature has moderated somewhat, and there is some rain in the forecast.
Also trying a new photo paper this week, Hahnemuhle cotton rag with a pearl finish. Looking forward to seeing how that compares to the Epson paper I’ve been using so far. I saw examples printed on this paper at the last FStop presentations and really liked the texture. It makes me excited to make a few prints.